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Old 12-16-2013, 10:15 PM   #101
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Funny coincidence., I was watching that treehouse guy show last night, the Christmas special.

They show them throwing this thing together with makita impacts and drills. At the end of the show Santa asks them what they want for Christmas , and the host said 'well I had some batteries quit, so I guess I'd like some new batteries' lol
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Michigan winters would destroy my makita batteries I could never get more than year out of them.

But I have had no problems with the 20v dewalts
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Michigan winters would destroy my makita batteries I could never get more than year out of them. But I have had no problems with the 20v dewalts
Michigan winters worse than Montana or Canadian winters? I've had really good luck with them as well as a lot of guys I know in Calgary.


I've only had two makitas die, it was the 1.5ahs and they were within one charging. If they last past that I've had some since 2006 that are still kicking.

The drills on the other hand are crap. I've froze the chuck on one, smoked two motors and recently had the trigger break off on my most recent brushless one.
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3 out of 8 for me
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I have gone through 5 bad batteries out of 7. I have had the makita kits for about 3 years now. I am ready to switch to Milwaukee.
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I have gone through 5 bad batteries out of 7.
Well, seeing as you're invested in their inexpensive tooling....you just gotta keep buying more and more of their batteries or, well, you would have wasted all that money you spent so many batteries ago....and of course, into the future.....

...come on....I'll give you these tools for half price....a whole kit...really low cost. You know you want it.....
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5/5 still running strong for me.
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about5 years back got the Makita drill set, batteries lasted about a year. Last year got a similar Makita drill set, batteries lasted about 3 months before beginning to fade out.

I don't use the drills much anymore so it's not as big a deal to me as when I was working in general construction. Still I'm disappointed with the battery life - the darn things are expensive.

Next go around I will most likely go with a Festool drill kit of some sort.

so for me: 3 out of 4.
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All 6 of my 10.8v batteries seem fine (touch wood). The three right beside me now were all made in Japan. Are Makita battery problems throughout the entire line or more common with certain voltages or where the battery was made?

The old 9.6v NiCad sticks were awesome, I still run some of them in the shop. OTOH the 9.6 NiMh I bought were a total waste of money.
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All 6 of my 10.8v batteries seem fine (touch wood). The three right beside me now were all made in Japan. Are Makita battery problems throughout the entire line or more common with certain voltages or where the battery was made?

The old 9.6v NiCad sticks were awesome, I still run some of them in the shop. OTOH the 9.6 NiMh I bought were a total waste of money.
No, it's their 18v lxt battery. I've never had an issue with the 10.8/12v batteries.
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Any feedback from Makita Rob?
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Any feedback from Makita Rob?
They said they'd contact me based on the Facebook complaint... haven't heard anything from them. I'm still in the fence about selling off all my Makita tools and switching to someone else.

Took 14 batteries into the service center (hour drive away) they replaced 7 batteries and didn't give 2 craps how many charge cycles the batteries had. Granted some of my batteries were from 2008 and probably served their life. I didn't walk in expecting 14 new ones, but 7 isn't quite enough, of course he wanted me to buy more batteries at $150ea and he'd do buy 1 get 1 free.

However the rumors about 500 charge cycles was completely false according to Makita in Denver.
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Don't expect to hear anything from them. I had the top dog of makita get on a conference call with me at Makita one time when I called them about drill and battery issues. They said they would get back to me with a drill that was under development that I could have to test and send me out loads of goodies but never heard anything. Never bought one tool of battery of them since then. they pushed me to festool so no big deal. As each tool fails I'm changing to another brand so not my loss.
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Don't expect to hear anything from them. I had the top dog of festool get on a conference call with me at Makita one time when I called them about drill and battery issues. They said they would get back to me with a drill that was under development that I could have to test and send me out loads of goodies but never heard anything. Never bought one tool of battery of them since then. they pushed me to festool so no big deal. As each tool fails I'm changing to another brand so not my loss.
Oh I certainly am not holding my breath expecting their call. I like this thread and the one in their Facebook page because it brings attention to their problem on a more public scale, that was my goal when I started this.
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Mixed feelings here. Most of my tools are with the big M. Had some batteries go bad early, lived with it. Not that I'm not concerned with the price of them, but for the fact that every brand seems to have its own issues. Wasdewalt for many years, last couple of years , I will use blue over yellow and be happy. I do hope they look at this, never the less, it seems like we are beating a dead horse.
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I don't know what I'm switching to but I'm switching to something other than Makita. Actually my old man has a piece of @#$% hitachi but it works.

Best drill I ever had was an 18V Dewalt that looked like a bob-the-builder toy drill. Maybe its time to go back black and yellow but it just didn't seem to have the balls. Does Hilti do an impact/drill combo combo package?

I've had Makita for the past 3 years and replaced the whole damn thing twice because of battery issue's.
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Milwaukee had a lot of problems with the V18 line when they first came out. They eventually got it pretty well sorted, but the damage to the reputation was done. They lost a lot if customers.

Even after they switched to the M18 line it has taken a while to rebuild their reputation. There are still a lot of guys that got burned on the early V18 line that won't give them another chance, even if they are miles ahead of where they were. I'm afraid Makita is heading down this same path. They can learn a lot from others mistakes, but it seems like they are ignoring history. It will bite them in the end.
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Iv been lucky enough only had 1 outta 5 of my 18v 3amh
batteries die but in the same fashion, fine that evening and flatlined the very next morning.
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I don't know what I'm switching to but I'm switching to something other than Makita. Actually my old man has a piece of @#$% hitachi but it works.

Best drill I ever had was an 18V Dewalt that looked like a bob-the-builder toy drill. Maybe its time to go back black and yellow but it just didn't seem to have the balls. Does Hilti do an impact/drill combo combo package?

I've had Makita for the past 3 years and replaced the whole damn thing twice because of battery issue's.
Hilti for the win...I have several of their 18V tools and love them...won't go back, especially after reading these horror stories!

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